First Business

October 10, 2011

Manufacturing First Expo Offers Wisconsin Manufacturers Collaboration Opportunities

(APPLETON, WI) - October 7, 2011 - One out of four Northeast Wisconsin residents is employed by a manufacturer, so it’s not surprising that more than 400 Wisconsin manufacturers have already committed to attend the Manufacturing First Expo and Conference.

First Business, along with the NEW Manufacturing Alliance and Insight Publications have teamed up to provide Wisconsin manufacturers hands-on opportunities to grow their businesses via connections to or shared knowledge from other local manufacturers. The Manufacturing First Expo and Conference is scheduled for October 26, 2011 from 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.

"The value of this event is the networking and collaboration that will take place between manufacturers," says Mickey Noone, President of First Business Bank - Northeast.

Networking is more than shaking hands and handing out business cards, adds Noone. This event will provide a vehicle for real educational opportunities and potential partnerships among attendees.

The keynote speaker is Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Lunch speakers will focus on opportunities in Defense contracting, including Chuck Wallschlaeger of the Business Procurement Assistance Center at Madison College and Jack Heinemann of Wisconsin Security Research Consortium. The program also includes breakout sessions on process improvement, regulatory issues, defense contracting, workforce development and a CEO roundtable led by Margaret LeBrun of Insight Publications.

"Wisconsin is the number one state in percentage of employment in manufacturing nationally," says Noone. "We are proud to provide this event for Wisconsin manufacturers to help us stay in that number one slot."
For additional information on the Wisconsin’s Manufacturing First Expo and Conference, including registration information visit www.manufacturingfirst.com.

ABOUT FIRST BUSINESS BANK - NORTHEAST
First Business Bank - Northeast is headquartered at 3913 W. Prospect Avenue in Appleton. In addition to offering commercial loan products, First Business Bank - Northeast offers a full line of deposit, investment, and equipment finance products through its affiliates First Business Bank - Madison and First Business Trust & Investments. Among these products are: remote deposit, treasury management, Internet banking, retirement plans, investment management services, trust services, asset-based lending, and equipment finance and leasing. For additional information, call 920-734-1800.

About First Business Financial Services, Inc.

First Business Financial Services (Nasdaq:FBIZ) is a $1.3 billion Wisconsin-based bank holding company that specializes in focused financial solutions for businesses, key executives, and high net worth individuals through its operating companies. It is the 2nd largest Wisconsin-based commercial bank holding company listed on NASDAQ or the NYSE. Its companies include: First Business Bank - Madison; First Business Bank - Milwaukee; First Business Bank - Northeast; First Business Trust & Investments; First Business Equipment Finance, LLC; and First Business Capital Corp. For additional information, visit www.firstbusiness.com or call (608) 238-8008.

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Contact:
Jodie Johnson
Vice President - Marketing
First Business Financial Services, Inc.
920-734-1800
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